Former Germany captain and 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger today announced that he is leaving English Premier League giants Manchester United to join North American MLS side Chicago Fire.
The 32-year-old German midfielder’s move to the MLS is subject to a medical and a visa being obtained but Chicago Fire are keen to finalise a swift transfer at the earliest.
Bastian Schweinsteiger said, “I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United. But I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire.”
“I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans – whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester.”
“I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion. Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it,” Schweinsteiger ended.
Despite his little playing time at the Red Devils, Schweinsteiger leaves United as a fan favourite, who did not enjoy the same trust of manager Jose Mourinho.
In Chicago they will build on his vast experience as Chicago Fire manager Veljko Paunovic told the Chicago Tribune, “In the locker room, he will be a huge example of a champion. He still is somebody that can show that on the field and [demonstrate] how our guys have to work, prepare, behave, think and work together in order to get to that level.”